Wed.Jan 02, 2019

Bridging the Gap in Rural Putnam County, Tennessee Through Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In Putnam County, Tenn., with 23 schools spread across 400 square miles, we share many of the challenges faced by our fellow rural school districts nationwide, including inconsistent attendance, long commutes, and a high "mobility rate" - the rate at which students are moving in and out of the district. Previously, Putnam County teachers had been using more traditional, often low-tech teaching methodologies.

Helping Teachers Be Their Best

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. With policymakers, district administrators, and teacher prep programs widely embracing coaching as a way to help teachers become more effective, the know-how on what makes a good coach is more important than ever.


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If you want deeper learning…

Dangerously Irrelevant

… you must have deeper teaching. You can’t get to deeper learning with worksheets and end-of-chapter review questions. You can’t get to deeper learning with self-paced adaptive learning modules that emphasize facts and procedures. You can’t get to deeper learning with multiple-choice software and apps. You can’t get to deeper learning without actually changing day-to-day lessons and units.

How to Gamify Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

How to Gamify Professional Development. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:20. Earlier this year, a Gallup poll surveyed teachers who left the profession. Nearly a third (29 percent) left due to relocation or health issues. Looking at the 71 percent who were left, 16 percent of those teachers were terminated, and 60 percent said they left because of issues with career advancement or development. .

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Teaching With Technology in Higher Ed? Start With Relationship-Building.


During my early days of teaching in graduate school, educational technology was sold more for its posh than performance. Every new version of Microsoft PowerPoint allowed instructors to embed more and more media and wow students with visually appealing graphics. Looking back, the whole enterprise seemed like a fruitless attempt to keep up with the expectations of the smartphone generation.

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3 takeaways from my STEM PD

eSchool News

Professional development (PD) is more crucial today than ever for educators to stay relevant in the classroom. The fast pace of innovation makes it an ongoing challenge for teachers to stay on top of the latest developments, so they can include the newest topics in their curriculum, particularly in the areas of science, technology, and engineering. Even new teachers struggle because from the moment they graduate from college, their knowledge and skills begin to fall out of date.


Year of MOOC-based Degrees: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2018


In the seven years since colleges and companies first started experimenting with large-scale online courses known as MOOCs, more than 100 million people have given them a try—though how they are used keeps changing. Two big trends dominated the MOOC landscape this year. First, despite continued slowdown in the growth of new users, MOOC platforms are seeing an increase in paying customers (and revenues).

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As technology advances, costs are decreasing and access is increasing

Teach Emerging Technology. Our Students’ Future Depends on It.


This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. Drasby was nominated to share her thoughts by Laurie Guyon, who wrote for the project in 2017. Lately, one simple question has been constantly spinning around my head: Is it possible for the world of education to support the future needs of students? Maybe.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.



Tech & Learning selected 10 finalists in each of three categories: best use of education technology in the classroom, school, and district. Each finalist offers unique solutions to specific problems in the classroom, school, or district

How Can Podcasting Help us Create Meaningful Conversations With Our Students?


In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, I sit down with podcaster and Instructional Technology Coach, Gabriel Garillo, to discuss the importance of having positive communication with your students. Gabriel is not only a fantastic Tech Coach in Texas but also is the host of the brand new Edtech Bites podcast that can be found on all of the major podcasting platforms.



What follows is a guide to companies offering a variety of edtech products to K-12

How to Add a Music Playlist to Google Sites


Learn how to embed a playable Amazon music playlist into a new Google Site webpage to stream audio directly from your website. The post How to Add a Music Playlist to Google Sites appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.



Just before the Thanksgiving break, a group of Tech & Learning leaders met online to share their perspectives on technology trends, how they impact instruction, and some of their best tech tools

How Can Podcasting Help us Create Meaningful Conversations With Our Students?


In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, I sit down with podcaster and Instructional Technology Coach, Gabriel Garillo, to discuss the importance of having positive communication with your students. Gabriel is not only a fantastic Tech Coach in Texas but also is the host of the brand new Edtech Bites podcast that can be found on all of the major podcasting platforms.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 145 Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The TeachThought Podcast Episode 145 Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom Drew Perkins talks with Telannia Norfar and Chris Fancher about their upcoming book “Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom” Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Prufrock Press: Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom book @thnorfar @cfanch Telannia’s blog: PBL Birdside View – Journey of a […]. The post The TeachThought Podcast Ep.

5 new developments in physical and network safety

eSchool News

As technology improves, so do solutions to keep students and teachers safe in school buildings and on school networks. This is the main reason why school safety, including cybersecurity and physical safety, retains its place as a top concern for education leaders. Balancing access to educational resources with security needs remains a top challenge for school district IT leaders, according to new findings from the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

#NYCSchoolsTechChat: New #EdTech Tools for the New Year - Thursday at 7 pm EST

The Innovative Educator

Want to get some new ideas for new tools or resources you can use in the New Year to make teaching and learning more effective? Then join us for our monthly Twitter chat at 7:00 pm EST where #NYCSchoolsTech educators will share the favorite #EdTech tools they've been using this year. NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. We will also be joined by some leading ed tech companies who will share what you can look forward to in 2019.

Six Thinking Hats


So many times, we have heard this from our teachers or parents - "Put on your thinking cap!". But how do we actually put on a thinking cap and solve a problem in front of us? Solving a problem requires critical and creative thinking and the Six Thinking Hats provides a framework for this lateral thinking process which can be used to solve complex problems by viewing it from six different perspectives.

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STUDENT VOICE: ‘I rarely had the chance to go to school while living with my biological parents’

The Hechinger Report

. As someone who is part of the student body at Portland Community College , and now finishing my second term, I am realizing that I have more room than before to discern my personal and public responsibilities. Personal reliance has started to shift from simply acting upon my needs as a 14-year-old runaway to finding my place in networks of systems by articulating my needs. These are networks I must pursue personally, publicly and interdependently.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

How Better Teaching Can Help Kids Who Can’t Read


Jack Silva didn’t know anything about how children learn to read. What he did know is that a lot of students in his district were struggling. Silva is the chief academic officer for Bethlehem, Pa., public schools. In 2015, only 56 percent of third-graders were scoring proficient on the state reading test. That year, he set out to do something about that. “It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which 4 in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?’

10 Rules for New Teachers: S**T I Wish Somebody Told Me

Cycles of Learning

In no particular order. I want to to turn this into an expanded eBook. Feedback to me is welcome. Your can also share your advice here. Smile on Day 1 Plan in Cycles. Don't be Awkward. Hold Back the Info. Pretend its the 80s. Jump on Desks. ​Ignore Tech. Sorta. Stress Over Bad Days Make Them Grade. Reflect publicly. Reflection

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75 Resources to Help You Transform Education in 2019


As we launch into 2019, take a look at these 75 resources on quality, opportunity and innovation Excel in Ed published in 2018. Use, bookmark and share these resources to transform education for children in your state, and look forward to more great resources this year! Quality. Early Literacy. Policy Summary. Fundamental Principles. Model Policy. Fundamental Principles State Analysis. Education Funding. Issue Brief: Performance Funding. Conceptual Framework for Performance Funding.

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Books

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Books is a powerful book search platform that allows users to search for books and text inside books. Google Books provides several interesting features. “My My Library” for instance enable more

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.